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Exciting new chapter for Yorkshire firm

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking has moved to a new office in the city to support an ongoing growth strategy. Built Environment Networking, which has recently recruited 10 new members of staff, has relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, allowing the company to double the size of its […]

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Firms reaping the benefits of HS2

A once in a lifetime opportunity. A catalyst for growth. HS2 is set to deliver phenomenal opportunities for regeneration and development across the UK – and new latest released shows that several regions across the UK are already reaping the commercial rewards of the massive infrastructure scheme. According to the latest data by Barbour ABI […]

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The wider impact of HS2

Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders: A shorter journey time between London and the Midlands was how HS2 was initially sold to the public. According to Ernst & Young, 90% of Eurotunnel passengers cited shorter journey times as a key reason for using the tunnel. It would not […]

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Smart Cities; how is energy crucial to the development of smart cities?

Built Environment Networking are the UK’s leading provider of networking events within the construction and property industry – bringing together public and private sector leaders to connect and collaborate with a view of driving regeneration, development and economic growth.  Leading energy firm E.ON are our National Smart Cities Energy Partner which sees them attend our […]

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There is ‘real excitement and enthusiasm’ for the Ox-MK-Cam Corridor

June’s Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference highlighted for me the real excitement and enthusiasm there is for the Growth Arc and its future.  Whether speakers were from academia or industry, Parliament or Town Hall, what united them was a clear desire to make sure the area’s economic success and ability to attract the brightest […]

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HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands?

HS2: Will it benefit people and businesses in the Midlands? By Elaine Clarke, General Manager at Rail Forum Midlands. HS2 is frequently in the news – but sadly not always for the right reasons. Often the headlines are about how much it will cost with little, if any, media attention on the benefits it could […]

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Making HS2 work for everyone

Maria Machancoses of Midlands Connect is set to join us at the HS2 Economic Growth Conference in November – an event supported by HS2 Ltd which will bring together civic and business leaders from across every region of the UK to drive and maximise economic growth opportunities presented by the arrival of HS2 to our cities […]

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Chesterfield welcome HS2 as a ‘game-changer’ for the area

Chesterfield is one of many regions across the UK who’re set to see huge economic growth across their region – and ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference we hear from Chesterfield Borough Council on what the opportunities are and how they’re driving to maximise them… Chesterfield Borough Council welcome HS2 as a ‘game-changer’ for […]

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Lincoln to take retail inspiration from Shoreditch

Lincoln’s under threat House of Fraser is being eyed up for conversion into a pop up mall, our Lincolnshire Development Plans Conference has heard. The city’s biggest department store is due to shut its doors next year under the retailer’s plans to slash its estate. William Stokes, Co-Founder and CEO at The Co-Creative, told delegates […]

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NFB and Built Environment Networking announce new partnership

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and Built Environment Networking – the UK’s leading provider of construction and property networking events – are pleased to announce their new partnership which will allow the NFB to continue to help its members build prosperous businesses and create optimal conditions for the construction industry. The NFB represents small […]

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HS2 Economic Growth Conference: Unlocking huge development, regeneration and economic growth opportunities

On the 7th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Birmingham for the HS2 Economic Growth Conference supported by HS2 Ltd – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking the huge economic growth opportunities which HS2 will bring to the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment […]

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Exclusive: Q&A with Sheffield Council on huge HS2 opportunities

HS2 is set to provide huge opportunities for people and businesses looking to start, grow or relocate to Sheffield according to Edward Highfield, Sheffield City Council’s Director of City Growth. Edward’s role includes responsibility for economic development, inward investment, regeneration, planning, transport and property. One of the anticipated game changers for Sheffield is HS2 – […]

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Rail plans could bring 6 million extra passengers a year & boost region’s economy by £649m

A new ‘Our Routes to Growth’ report has been launched by Midlands Connect, supporters of our HS2 Economic Growth Conference, which includes a 20-year proposal for a Midlands Rail Hub with the vision of bringing 6m extra passengers a year and boosting the region’s economy by £649m. Midlands Connect launch Our Routes to Growth report, […]

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3D printed houses – the answer to accelerating the delivery of homes?

HS2 is set to unlock huge regeneration and development projects across the whole of the UK, whilst other proposals to deliver an expressway between Oxford and Cambridge, the delivery new infrastructure to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda and many more are also set to drive economic growth across our city regions. These projects, alongside other […]

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Oxford – Cambridge corridor needs ‘a single voice’ to drive development forward

The Oxford to Cambridge corridors needs a ‘single voice’ to drive forward its development plans, one of the area’s most experienced planners has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. Speaking on the events Inclusive Economic Growth Session, South East Midlands LEP Chief Executive Hilary Chipping said that an ‘overarching structure’ and a single […]

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Council bosses left frustrated by the pace of decision making on Ox-Mk-Cam Corridor

Council bosses have expressed their frustration at the pace of decision making on key transport projects in the Oxford – Cambridge growth corridor. Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place at Milton Keynes Council, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that development is currently being held back by the need to reserve […]

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‘We’ve relied on the private sector model of housebuilding for too long’

Policy makers have relied too heavily on private house builders to bring forward new communities, a senior director of one of the UK’s biggest housing associates has told our Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. During the conference’s panel debate on housing, Places for People Group Director Mary Parsons said: ‘’We’re not very good at […]

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Attracting the best planning officers to the Oxford – Cambridge corridor

Salaries for planners in the Cambridge to Oxford corridor should be doubled, the Chair of Silverstone Technology Cluster has said. Roz Bird, who is also Commercial Director of Silverstone Park, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that councils had to provide incentives to attract good quality staff into the corridor. That […]

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Government ‘has to make sure it sticks’ to its latest east-west rail timelines

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, has said Government ‘has to make sure’ it sticks to its latest timetables on east-west rail whilst speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference. The region’s local authorities are ‘hopeful’ that the Government would deliver its promise to decide this summer on the corridor for the […]

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NIC call for government-backed development corporations to unlock OxMkCam potential

Professor Sadie Morgan, a member of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), has called for central government-backed development corporations to bring forward the new settlements that will be needed to fulfil the growth plans for the OxMkCam arc corridor. Speaking at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference she said the Secretary of State for Communities […]

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OxMKCam review author backs ministerial champion for the arc corridor

The Oxford to Cambridge corridor requires a ministerial champion, according to the MP commissioned by the Government to review the area’s development strategy. Delivering an opening keynote speech at the beginning of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart said this co-ordination should either be delivered by a minister or […]

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Student bed boost for University of Lincoln

Proposals to boost student beds within Lincoln’s Viking House development have been given the thumbs up by the City of Lincoln Council chiefs. The plans, which will provide an additional 272 beds for students within the City, are a great boost for housing in the City at a time that there is a real focus […]

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Collaboration crucial for the delivery of HS2 economic growth

At a time when local government is facing unprecedented pressure on its finances, and a growing and ageing population is putting the UK’s existing infrastructure under increasing strain; public-private partnerships are ever more crucial in delivering on the Government’s agenda for homes, jobs and economic growth. Whilst we look to the private sector to shoulder […]

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HS2: the momentum is building…

There is a real sense of momentum building ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference around the proposed East Midlands HS2 Hub Station at Toton near Nottingham, and the potential for major HS2 related investment in and around Chesterfield. In September 2017, an unprecedented partnership of councils, business and local bodies came together to publish […]

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How can we spearhead city-scale digital twins?

While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it is only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and scalable information systems that it has become feasible to implement them at scale. Indeed, digital twins are so imperative to business today that the concept was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 […]

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Countryside Properties plan major housing scheme in Cambridge

Award winning developer Countryside Properties are proposing a huge new development on the outskirts of Cambridge which could provide a major boost for economic growth and housing with the region. The scheme, set for the Bourn Airfield site to the West of Cambridge, has held initial public consultations over the plans and will now look […]

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Homes England frameworks set to tackle the housing shortage

Homes England, formally known as the Homes and Communities Agency, are set to begin a drive with the aim of boosting housing numbers across the UK. The vision of delivering new homes faster to ease the shortage of homes will be helped by the launch of a procurement initiative at the end of this month, […]

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The Oxbridge ARC Corridor – what’s the vision, and how do we maximise opportunities?

The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge corridor is set to unlock a huge opportunity for economic growth. Through long-awaited connectivity links it will not only improve connectivity, productivity and communication within the cities and wider reaching regions, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development, regeneration and growth. The work undertaken by […]

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Local Plan highlights development of 15,000 new homes

South Kesteven District Council, who are set to speak at our Lincolnshire Development Plans Conference, have begun the final round of public consultation on their new Local Plan – which is set to shape the future vision of the South Kesteven area. The proposed plans, which will be sent to the Secretary of State for […]

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How will HS2 benefit Sheffield and the wider Yorkshire region?

HS2 is set to bring transformational economic growth to cities and regions across the UK – and we’ll be discussing the huge development opportunities which it could unlock at the HS2 Economic Development Plans Conference. One of those areas is Yorkshire – and as more details emerge of the positive impacts HS2 could have we […]

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Gap between ‘Tier One’ bids and rest of the market is narrowing

The gap between the quality of bids submitted by smaller and larger contractors is closing, the Managing Director of a regional frameworks says. Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director of Procure North West, told our Construction Frameworks Conference panel on best value in procurement that the organisation had set out to encourage greater participation by SMEs when […]

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Bentley ‘horrified’ by self-interested procurement advice

The chair of one of the UK’s leading construction consultants has said she would be ‘horrified’ if procurement advice is being motivated by consultants’ self-interest. During our Construction Frameworks Conference session on delivering a world class framework Rider Levett Bucknall’s Chairman Ann Bentley said: ‘’I would be horrified if you found that professional advisers are […]

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Crown Commercial Service wants to be notified when sub-contracts are dished out

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has asked its prime contractors to notify it when awarding work to their supply chain, the Government’s Chief Commercial Officer told our Construction Frameworks Conference. In the opening keynote speech at the event, held in London last month, Gareth Rhys Williams said the collapse of Carillion has led to ‘slight […]

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‘OJEU will be replaced by OJUK’ predicts framework provider

Tenders will still have to be advertised even if the UK no longer has to abide by OJEU requirements after it has left the EU, a leading framework provided has predicted. Discussing post-Brexit procurement at the Construction Frameworks Conference Tim Oakley, Head of Consultancy at LHC, predicted that public advertisements would remain a feature of […]

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Government set to support regional airports after Heathrow announcement

Heathrow Airport have been given the thumbs up to develop a third runway which will help tackle the lack of capacity the UK has in terms of aviation. The expansion will increase take-offs and landings each year from 480,000 to 740,000 by 2026 whilst creating new jobs and greater economic growth to the UK as […]

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Venture Property Lincoln developing more homes in Lincoln

Venture Property Lincoln Ltd are moving ahead with their development plans to bring new housing to Lincoln. The site, formerly housing the Birchwood pub and cabaret venue, is set to be turned into flats after a unique way of raising funds. Ryan Carruthers, Director of Venture Property Lincoln Ltd and speakers at our Lincolnshire Development […]

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Planning application for business and leisure hub in Grantham submitted

Proposals have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council which could see a business and leisure hub built – with a boost to local job numbers. The development, set to be built in Grantham, would see the development of a new business park, filing station and a coffee drive-thru. South Kesteven District Council, who are […]

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MOLA: Addressing skills shortages through collaboration and innovation

On the 21st June MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) CEO Janet Miller is chairing the Skills Session at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – set to take place in Milton Keynes. A panel of influential speakers is coming together to ask: How do we develop the skills needed to grow the economy? What […]

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HS2 can provide the ‘rocket fuel’ to help Britain’s ecomomy thrive

Further extending the proposed HS2 project would put ‘rocket fuel in the economy’ to help Britain’s economy thrive. A leading transport think-tank has suggested connecting the UK mainland through HS2 by the year 2050 would see huge economic opportunities unlocked and could provide a massive boost in the creation of jobs and housing. Greengauge 21, […]

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Student housing application for 1,368 flats in Lincoln submitted

Another scheme in Lincoln has been lodged to develop student accommodation in the heart of the City. The plans, which would see 1,368 student flats being created, would be a huge boost for the number of beds in the city as the University of Lincoln continues to thrive and drive students to study in the […]

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Viking House in Lincoln set for student housing conversion

Viking House, in the heart of Lincoln city centre, is set to be transformed into student accommodation with Council chiefs giving the thumbs up to the scheme. Proposals put forward by developer Jackson & Jackson Developments could see part of the site demolished to deliver much needed student housing in the area. City of Lincoln […]

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Industrial estate expansion to ‘create hundreds of jobs’ within Lincolnshire

The expansion of an industrial estate in Lincolnshire could create hundreds of jobs for the region. Fairfield Industrial Estate in Louth, which houses several large companies in and around the estate such as B&Q, First College Lincs, Luxus, CEMEX and Honda Racing, could be extended with plans underway to see if the opportunity is viable. […]

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Exciting projects set to transform Nottingham

Work is due to begin this autumn on the long-awaited regeneration of the southern gateway of Nottingham city centre set to transform the area. David Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council, told our Nottingham Development Plans Conference that the construction of a new car park for the city’s Broadmarsh Shopping Centre is on […]

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Smart Cities – a huge opportunity

Major cities are incredibly important to the global economy. Over half of current global GDP is accounted for by just 380 cities, but that number is expected to rise to 600 by 2025 – who’ll contribute more than 60% in total. As cities grow in complexity more and more challenges need to be overcome. There […]

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Construction industry networking with a difference – to make a difference

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic UK trekking challenge. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales these three summits are there to be conquered in just one day. For others however, there are much greater challenges and struggles to overcome. Every day of every year, thousands of young people in the UK find themselves […]

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Lincolnshire project set to be promoted overseas

A project which could bring a new outlet village and thousands of new homes to Lincolnshire is set to be promoted overseas in a bid to raise £200m in investment. The regeneration scheme is set to be promoted by International Trade Secretary and MP Liam Fox – as he looks to give the Grantham Southern […]

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Government provides funding towards transport within Midlands

Government funding has been provided for an ambitious project with the vision of improving transport links in the Midlands and other regions. It has been revealed that £23m has so far been provided for the Midlands Connect programme, which was officially launched in March last year. The Government backing for the programme, which incorporates 23 […]

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Plan for 15,000 South Kesteven homes

A draft Local Plan has been approved by senior councillors which will give a huge boost for housing numbers across South Kesteven. The plan will see more than 15,000 homes being delivered over the next 25 years. The revised plan will now go before the council’s cabinet today (10th May) – which outlined the authority’s […]

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Regional transport body set for Oxfordshire?

A regional transport body for Oxfordshire has moved closer to becoming a reality after a £2m cash injection by the Government. England’s Economic Heartland (EHH), supporters of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, will share the funding with Transport for the South East which covers Kent and Hampshire. EHH, made up of authorities in […]

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Nottingham College’s £58m campus builder announced

Wates have won the race to build the £58m flagship campus for Nottingham College as part of wider plans to completely overhaul the southern area of the City. The site, located next to the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre and close to the train station, is set to be transformed into the six-storey City Hub. We’ll […]

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